The PSS5 printout contains a wealth of information that can be used to target possible problem areas in the sterilizer and eliminate other possibilities. Every printout provides information on the unit itself, the cycle set-up, and the run in question.
Printouts are one of the best troubleshooting tools available in the field. Unfortunately, the printouts are not used as frequently or effectively as they could be.
For many troubleshooting assistance requests received by the PRIMUS Service Department, the first thing PRIMUS technicians will request is a copy of the printout.
Information on All Printouts
Sterilizer Job Number
This gives information on the unit’s age and history
Provides information on sterilizer set-up and options
Provide information on capabilities and limitations
Cycle Type and Important Parameters
Gives a starting point for cycle analysis
Cycle Transition Points
Gives status of cycle at the beginning of all phases and any alarms
Periodic Snapshots of the Cycle Status
Provides trending information and narrows focus for troubleshooting
Methodology for Checking Printouts
Check for the Obvious
Were there any alarms printed?
Were there any timeouts during the cycle?
Is there any unusual information included on the printout?
Check for Consistency
Were there any sudden changes in the readings?
Were there any lapses in the timing?
Was there any deviation from known relationships?
Check Against Your Expectations
Make a printout of the cycle parameters
Does the cycle profile follow the cycle recipe?
Does the cycle meet all parameter specifications such as end points or rates?
Check For Trends
Compare the cycle printout against previous runs
Have a question or having difficulties? Talk to Dave Schall, our PRIMUS sterilizer expert who is here to assist you anytime at 877.679.7800 extension 1212 or email at email@example.com.
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